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Big pension vote could be Tuesday, but big debate likely first

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Rose Mactel, a teacher at Armstrong Elementary School in Schaumburg, pickets with protesters against pension reform Monday outside the office of State Representative Fred Crespo at 1410 W. Schaumburg Road in Streamwood.

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About 50 teachers and other state employees demonstrated and met with state Rep. Michelle Mussmann, in foreground at right, outside her Schaumburg office Monday to oppose cuts to pension benefits.

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About 40 teachers and retirees protested against proposed state employee pension cuts outside the office of state Sen. Daniel Biss in Skokie.

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About 50 teachers and other state employees demonstrated and met with state Rep. Michelle Mussmann outside her Schaumburg office Monday to oppose cuts to pension benefits.

Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

About 40 teachers and retirees protested against proposed state employee pension cuts outside the office of state Sen. Daniel Biss in Skokie.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Ed Sullivan

Julie Morrison

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Tuesday could be high noon for the highest-profile debate over Illinois' disastrous finances as lawmakers prepare for a possible vote on a plan to cut public workers' pension benefits. Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate are pushing their rank-and-file members to support the plan in spite of fierce opposition from employee unions. "I haven't made my mind up yet," state Sen. Julie Morrison said.
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    • Rose Mactel, a teacher at Armstrong Elementary School in Schaumburg, pickets with protesters against pension reform Monday outside the office of State Representative Fred Crespo at 1410 W. Schaumburg Road in Streamwood.
    •  About 50 teachers and other state employees demonstrated and met with state Rep. Michelle Mussmann, in foreground at right, outside her Schaumburg office Monday to oppose cuts to pension benefits.
    •  About 40 teachers and retirees protested against proposed state employee pension cuts outside the office of state Sen. Daniel Biss in Skokie.
    •  About 50 teachers and other state employees demonstrated and met with state Rep. Michelle Mussmann outside her Schaumburg office Monday to oppose cuts to pension benefits.
    •  About 40 teachers and retirees protested against proposed state employee pension cuts outside the office of state Sen. Daniel Biss in Skokie.
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    • Julie Morrison
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